Notebook: Nets 96, Knicks 89

Posted Nov 26, 2012 11:48 PM

By Jake Appleman, for

THE FACTS: It took more than regulation to decide the inaugural battle of the boroughs, as the Nets beat the Knicks 96-89 in overtime, backed by 14 Deron Williams assists, 22 points and 11 rebounds from Brook Lopez, an excellent start from Gerald Wallace and four clutch Jerry Stackhouse 3-pointers.

Carmelo Anthony poured in 35 points and Tyson Chandler 28, on 12-13 shooting, combining for over half of the team's points. The pair also notched 13 offensive rebounds.

QUOTABLE: "It's hard to deny the atmosphere and media buzz behind this game." - Williams.

THE STAT: Williams finished with as many assists as the Knicks (14).

TURNING POINT: Anthony's jumper with precious seconds remaining in overtime didn't go down, paving the way for overtime and a Nets victory.

QUOTABLE II: "That's the look I wanted. I'll take that shot all day." -- Anthony.

INSIDE THE ARENA: Current and former New York Giants Jason Pierre-Paul, Justin Tuck and Michael Strahan as well as Jay-Z and Beyonce, Richard Gere (actor) and Charlie Rose (TV host)...Fans went back and forth as each side was represented by a loud contingent. Both Williams and Anthony received "M-V-P" chants...

ROOKIE WATCH: Pablo Prigioni, the ageless wonder, finished with two rebounds and one assist in over ten minutes of action.

NOTABLE: Jason Kidd sat out the game with back spasms. "We can't put that on Jason," Rasheed Wallace said. "That is like making an excuse, saying that we were one man short or two men short. You can't do that. The guys that were out there were ready but we just fell a little short tonight."...Reggie Evans continued his torrid rebounding pace, snatching 14 in under 18 minutes of playing time...Lopez blocked five shots...It was the first time ever that the Nets and Knicks had faced off with each team boasting a winning percentage above .600.

UP NEXT: For the Knicks, Wednesday @ Milwaukee, Friday vs. Washington, Sunday vs. Phoenix. For the Nets, Wednesday @ Boston, Friday @ Orlando, Saturday @ Miami.